In January 2014, NOAA and the Japanese Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), in collaboration with the Ocean Observations Panel for Climate (OOPC), convened a review of the Tropical Pacific Observing System (TPOS) through a workshop and associated white papers. CPO's David Legler was involved with this undertaking.
Together, these formed the basis of the goals for the TPOS 2020 Project: an effort to design a modern, sustained tropical Pacific observing system that meets both the scientific and societal needs of the future.
A recent article in the WMO Bulletin summarizes the in-depth discussions at the TPOS 2020 meeting and defines the approach to the six-year project.
At a critical stage in observing and predicting the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO), the article describes the opportunities for scientists, technological experts, engineers, and operational climate services to re-engage and achieve major change, change that will have profound benefits for WMO and the GFCS.
To read the WMO Bulletin article, visit: www.wmo.int/bulletin/en/content/progress-observing-and-predicting-enso
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